Long Beach Port to Give Pier B On-Dock Rail Project Update

Port of Long Beach
Port of Long Beach
The site of the Port of Long Beach’s Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility project. Photo: POLB.

Port of Long Beach officials plan to update the public on the port’s Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility project via a virtual community meeting at 10 a.m. on Dec. 1.

As the cornerstone of the port’s $1 billion rail capital improvement program, the facility would help the port move more of its cargo directly from terminals to trains instead of trucks.

“Moving cargo by on-dock rail is cleaner and more efficient, as it reduces truck traffic,” the port said in a statement. “No cargo trucks would visit the facility.”

Rather than having drayage trucks come to the facility, smaller train segments would go and then connect as a full-sized train.

Construction is expected to start in 2023, with the initial arrival, departure and storage tracks anticipated for a 2025 completion. More tracks are expected to be in service in 2030 before the 2032 completion of the project, according to the port.

For more on the project, visit https://polb.com/port-info/projects/#pier-b-on-dock-support-facility.

Click here to register for the virtual meeting. Following the meeting, a recording is expected to be available at www.polb.com/PierB.

By Karen Robes Meeks